Ten Things I Have Learned During the Extended Break
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God ... I am the way, and the truth and the life. (John 14)
1. I should be taking more quiet time to read more reflectively the Holy Scriptures every day.
2. I have learned that it must be a tremendous challenge for elderly people to live alone and to be lonely. I think our school community needs to see what we can do to alleviate this reality in our society.
3. I have learned how much I appreciate the consolation the recitation of the Holy Rosary gives me.
4. I have learned that there is actually a Saint Corona. She was a Christian martyr in Roman Syria during the time of Emperor Marcus Aurelius and is one of several patrons of plagues and epidemics. Her feast day is May 14.
5. I have come to appreciate even more our liberty and freedoms, which we should never take for granted and never surrender even in the face of adversities.
6. I have realized how spoiled I am having both Philomena and Gilda cook meals for me.
7. I have learned that we all need to be much more discerning about the kinds of social media that we listen to or watch.
8. I have realized that so many of our priorities are poorly ordered. We have many who make millions of dollars, while our front line workers of all descriptions make so little and risk their lives so much more. Not to mention, our hospitals struggle to have enough equipment due to inadequate levels of funding. I hope that once the clouds clear that a new era of authentic values will be embraced by more people.
9. I appreciate even more how great the 1992-1993 Montréal Canadiens were. The Toronto Maple Leafs were also an excellent team that season, but in the end, it was the Canadiens who won the Stanley Cup. (Yes, I know it was their last time.) Thank you, Classic Hockey.
10. Last but not least, I need to give greater thanks for the tremendous efforts made by all our staff in responding to the current crisis. They are ensuring that an excellent quality of education continues to occur at the College. It is encouraging to see how many people care so deeply about our school community.
What have you learned?
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. (Benjamin Franklin)
Live Jesus in our hearts. Forever!
Brother Domenic, fsc